Today I want to talk about positive thinking, and what better way to start than one of Zig Ziglar’s quotes: “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”
I never could understand why some people look for the negative in everything, and when you try to put out the positive, they don’t want to listen. They thrive on the negative!
I read somewhere that negative thoughts drain you of energy and keep you from being in the present moment. The more you give in to your negative thoughts, the stronger they become. Think of an imaginary small ball rolling along the ground, and as it rolls, it becomes bigger and faster. That’s what one small negative thought can turn into: a huge, speeding ball of ugliness. On the other hand, a small positive thought can have the same effect, blossoming into a beautiful outcome.
I also think about those people that can take any situation and make it a negative, and I wonder how terrible their life must be, that everything they see is negative. What is even worse, those negative people attract other negative people and now their negativism goes to a new level. They reinforce that negativism by agreeing with each other, and that growing ball is rolling further and further. Now they have upset not only their negative friends, but in some cases the entire community, and that fearfulness and negativism is a sure path to failure.
I know that I see the glass as half full, or as I like to say it is overflowing. I like to see the good in everyone, and I thrive on having positive people around me. If you are a negative person, you will not be in my camp. Now let me clarify that yes, I see negative things in my community, but instead of complaining and blaming people, I think the positive approach is to find a way to make changes and turn that negative into a positive.
We had a situation a couple of years ago where we actually had someone take pictures of all the empty storefronts, and point out that they believed the town was going down the tube. Now I could have challenged this person and been as negative as they were and made some rude comments, but I didn’t. I thought the best way to handle this negative thinking was to come up with a positive.
What can we do to fill up these spots? Well, Anita Dolan took care of that, by working hard with local business people to add 14 new businesses last year, and 5 more on the way this year. That is positive thinking, and that is the road I will stay on. (By the way, if anyone is interested in one of the three currently available spaces on Main Street, I would be glad to put you in touch with Anita!)
For all those negative people, look in the mirror, and ask yourself, “Is this negative thinking healthy? Am I really happy criticizing everything I see?”
My good friend Howard Fesenmyer says, “Look in the mirror every morning, and say, “God, what do you want me to do today for my community?” If you start your morning that way, I guarantee you that when you go to bed that night you are going to feel a lot better than those people that spend the whole day being negative.
See you next Friday!